Jenn’s Journey-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

Hello, my friends. I’m so happy to be with you all again on this week of Christmas. I pray that you will find the peace of the season that overcomes the busy. Thank you for stopping by, having a cup of joy (coffee) and reading my thoughts.

The last few weeks I’ve been revisiting old pain. It’s odd how it comes up when you least expect it. Unfortunately, I get reminded of mine quite often since I am a single mom and dad is still actively involved … and I struggle weekly. I have to admit that sometimes, I get battle weary. At times, I just want the battle to end.

I was driving to church the other day when something was said on the radio that perked up my ears. The verse from 1 Timothy 6:12:”Fight the good fight of faith”

Fight, I thought? Aren’t we called to peaceful living as Christians? I had to come home and do some research on this verse…here’s what I learned:

First off, Webster’s definition of fight is: (1) Engage in combat (2) Strive or contend (3) War against (4) A battle or contest. So far I can relate…can fightyou?

Next I went to my Bible Commentary. Paul, who wrote 1Timothy, often compared Christian life to the athletic contests of the day. Victory in those contests was the result of “determined perseverance and rigid self-control.” Once the race began, there was no time to be distracted; all focus was on the victory.

Here’s where I begin to fall behind in the race…because I am easily distracted by what I am fighting against in the first place. It’s there that I begin to lose faith because I have my focus, my ‘fight’ on the wrong thing.

According to the Bible, we are to keep on fighting to grasp faith, which is the revelation of the gospel.  The core of the gospel is that Jesus was born; He died for our sins, and He rose again so that we can someday live forever with Him. He has won against the foes we face.

This reminded me of the verses in Ephesians 6:10-15. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground.” The verse goes on to list the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace…what does that mean? Once again, my commentary has a note on this: The warrior can stand firm in peace in the midst of conflict. Peace is what the good news of the gospel gives. We can stand firm on the knowledge that His life and death is THE reason for peace. He has won the battle over our enemy.

Will I still get battle weary? You bet! I am human. However, knowing Him, and that ultimately there will be an end to all battles, has given me the courage to stay in the fight. My fight will now be to truly grasp the gospel of His peace. May He give you that courage too!

Be blessed.

Until next week,

JennJenn

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